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Nationwide Series Breakdown: Ford 300

For the first time since 2005, a Nationwide Series regular was crowned a Nationwide Series champion...and he nearly won the race as well. Racing as aggressively as he has for much of the 2011 season, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. made a hard charge past Carl Edwards late, but fell a car length short of catching Brad Keselowski in a spirited dash to the checkered flag. Keselowski scored his fifth win of the 2011 season Saturday, with Stenhouse, Edwards, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top 5. Stenhouse entered Saturday needing only to finish 37th or better to clinch his first NASCAR championship, which came early courtesy of the usual fleet of start-and-parks at the back of the field. Stenhouse ended up leading a Roush Fenway Racing assault on the field which saw the Mustangs occupying three of the top 5 positions for much of the afternoon, until Bayne found trouble with the wall while rim-riding and losing a tire. Still, the three RFR drivers combined to lead 111 of the 200 circuits run. Elliott Sadler finished sixth in a strong conclusion to his 2011 campaign. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Wypall 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Wypall 200

Short of Tony Stewart, it's hard to think of a more talented open-wheel transplant to the stock car racing realm than Sam Hornish Jr. So it should come as no surprise that, racing in the Nationwide Series and getting a chance to actually take part in driver development after being rushed to Cup racing in 2008, that the former IndyCar champion finally broke through, driving away from Brad Keselowski late in the going to win at Phoenix on Saturday. Keselowski completed a 1-2 finish for Penske Racing, with Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounding out the top 5. The newly-configured Phoenix International Raceway proved to be as treacherous as expected, with a rash of ugly wrecks dotting the 200-mile run. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: O’Reilly Challenge

Nationwide Series Breakdown: O’Reilly Challenge

When all was was said and done Saturday, Roush Fenway Racing had clinched the manufacturer's championship in the Nationwide ranks for Ford. Just as expected. The only difference is...it wasn't Carl Edwards who did the clinching. Despite leading a race-high 157 laps, Edwards couldn't close the deal for the final six. Trevor Bayne came out of nowhere on a late-race restart, stormed past Edwards, and held off a hard-charging Denny Hamlin to score a long-awaited first NNS win. Hamlin, Edwards, Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top 5. Read More »

Now What? 2012 Looking Ambiguous, Ominous for the Nationwide Series

Now What? 2012 Looking Ambiguous, Ominous for the Nationwide Series

For all the steps forward the Nationwide Series has enjoyed in 2011, be it watching series regulars win four races or the championship being limited to Nationwide Series regulars (this will mark the first season since 2005 a Cup regular hasn't contested the full NNS schedule), it's hard to enjoy the final few races of this season. And that's a damn shame, seeing as how Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler are in the midst of the tightest championship battle this series has seen since that same 2005 season that saw Clint Bowyer stalk Martin Truex Jr., making up ground on the eventual champ over the final month of the season before falling short at Homestead. Read More »

Score Four for the Regulars: The Biggest Wins of 2011

Score Four for the Regulars: The Biggest Wins of 2011

There is no type of track on the Nationwide Series circuit that has played host to Cup dominance of the AAA ranks more than the intermediate oval, and of those Charlotte's fall race has seen more than its share. After all, this was the race back in 2006 that saw Kevin Harvick clinch the Nationwide Series crown as the first in a stretch of five consecutive double dippers to win the minor league title while driving full-time in Cup. And it's been six long years, dating back to 2004, since a Nationwide regular visited Charlotte's victory lane in the fall race. It's a depressing set of recent memories to have of a return to NASCAR's hometown. That being said, anyone that remembers back to 2004 still remembers Mike Bliss' late three-wide charge to victory that left both Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson in the wake of the Rockwell Automation Chevrolet, long before Joe Gibbs Racing's Nationwide program became the powerhouse it is today. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Kansas Lottery 300

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Kansas Lottery 300

One shouldn't be fooled by the nine lead changes that show up on the scoresheet. Or that the pass for the win occurred inside 15 laps to go. In reality, this race was over almost as soon as it began. In leading 173 laps, Brad Keselowski delivered the most dominating performance the Nationwide Series has seen in recent memory, winning at Kansas Saturday after passing Carl Edwards (who was on four fresh tires) despite having only scuffs for the final run. Keselowski averaged a lead between eight and 11 seconds for much of the afternoon, with Edwards, Elliott Sadler, Paul Menard and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounding out the top 5. Read More »

2011 May As Well Be Over

2011 May As Well Be Over

Want to read about Turner Motorsports? Check out Wednesday's column. The scenarios, rumors and non-nonsensical facts that were running wild around Reed Sorenson's firing earlier this week haven't gone anywhere, with the picture of how the third-place driver in points lost his ride five races short of the season's end still opaque at best. Regardless of how it came about, Sorenson is still without a racecar with the Kansas race weekend looming. Suddenly, a three-horse race is now a two-car battle between Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler. Are the pieces in place for a great duel to the finish? Sure. With only 22 markers between the two and five races to go, the ever-consistent No. 2 team needs only one ill-timed spin or trading of paint from Stenhouse and the No. 6 to get back into the hunt, even without a win on the 2011 season. Read More »

Middle-Class Meltdown: Sorenson, Turner Latest Victims Of Growing NASCAR Epidemic

Middle-Class Meltdown: Sorenson, Turner Latest Victims Of Growing NASCAR Epidemic

Less than a month ago, NASCAR's two lower national touring series were rocked by the news that Kevin Harvick, Incorporated was ceasing its racing operations following the close of the 2011 season. It was the first time in recent memory that a well-sponsored, upper middle-class racing organization was impacted by the harsh financial and competitive realities of today's Nationwide Series, built as a development division combined with lifetime racing veterans that, at the moment, is creating homes for neither. Less than a month later, disaster struck again. Read More »

Nationwide Series Breakdown: OneMain Financial 200

Nationwide Series Breakdown: OneMain Financial 200

This one was practically over before it began. After an early race caution for Timmy Hill's splitter being jammed off his car, Carl Edwards powered by polesitter Elliott Sadler on lap 11 and never looked back, leading 179 circuits en route to a commanding win, his seventh of the 2011 season. Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. rounded out the top-5 finishers. Keselowski remarked that he felt “first in class” after the showing that Edwards put on in the No. 60 car, and that was about as well as it was put. Edwards was untouchable up front, with a Mustang that never slipped through the high-banked corners and motored away from the entire field on the straightaways. Read More »